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How To Detect Water Leaks Before They Cause Damage!

14 March

A dripping tap can be annoying and expensive, wasteful, and damaging. And even if you can’t hear that annoying drip sound, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem. The leaks you can’t see can cause more severe damage without realising.

We’ll talk about detecting water leaks from taps and plumbing in this post. You don’t have to be a leak detection specialist to be able to know and act on it! We’ll share how to detect leaks as they happen and even cut the water supply automatically. But first, a quick test you can do to see if you have any leaks right now.

How To Detect Water Leaks In 4 Easy Steps

It’s easy to know if you have water leaks somewhere at your place that are causing your water bills to rise.

Step 1.

Double-check that everything that uses the water mains in any way is completely turned off. Including things you may have forgotten about, like a washing machine or evaporative air conditioner.

Step 2.

Find your mains water meter and do a visual check for a couple of moments – is the dial moving? If it is, stop your search – you leak. If the dial is not moving, move on to step 3

Step 3.

Write down the numbers you see on the meter, which represent kilolitres and litres if the dial is not visibly moving. Get on with your day for 10 minutes, remembering not to use any water in or around the house.

Step 4.

Return to the meter and take another meter reading. If the numbers don’t match Step 3, you leak – somewhere.

The Leak Is Finally Found, What To Do About It?

Once you’ve detected a leak, next is finding it! The trouble is those water leaks could be anywhere. If you’re lucky, you’ll find evidence in wet areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry. And also in places where damp patches can be easily detected. It could be in your garden and irrigation systems, hidden pipework, hot water and air conditioning systems.

Although you might be pretty handy, there are strict limits throughout Australia about plumbing work you can do. Yes, you can fix a leaking tap or a minor leaking toilet – but you can’t go much beyond that like leaking pipes, without needing a licensed professional to do the work for you. As a general rule, if you aren’t sure whether you need a licensed plumber, it’s best not to risk breaking the regulations and voiding your insurance coverage.

How To Detect Water Leaks 24/7

To be on the safe side, here at Gold Coast Plumbing Company, we recommend getting one of the best water leak detection devices on the market installed. The industry leader is AquaTrip, the eyes and ears of a skilled plumbing professional working 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Aquatrip Leak Detection

A plumber permanently installs AquaTrip on the main pipe at the water meter. And it constantly checks for even tiny leaks in your home. Thanks to an automatic shutoff valve, it is ready to shut off the water supply if and when one is found. And turning the water back on is fast and straightforward. The technology is more effective than the 4 step leak detection test above as it will see tiny leaks that your water meter will not show.

Hidden Leaks? You Can Rely On The AquaTrip

It’s a bit like the RCD safety system on your mains electrical system – but for water. If any pipe, fitting, or appliance in your place starts to leak, AquaTrip will automatically turn off the main at your place. To prevent that leak from causing damage, wasting water, or creating safety hazards.

It’s also practical for those forgetful moments, as it can be programmed to ‘know’ that your bath is running over or you’ve forgotten to turn off the tap after filling the pool.

From Leaking Water Pipes To Other Plumbing Issues, We’ve Got Your Back For Efficient Repairs And A Prompt Service

If you want an AquaTrip installed, a difficult-to-locate leak fixed, hammering pipes silenced, and higher-than-usual water bills got under control, it’s time to call your local Gold Coast plumbers. But our licensed plumbers are not only leak detection specialists. From plumbing maintenance to hot water system installation and repair, burst pipes, gas fitting, backflow prevention and other plumbing services, you can rely on us! Our fully qualified, friendly team have the solutions to all your plumbing needs. Whether a niggling leak or an absolute gushy emergency, we can be at your place before you know it. Reach out to us today!